Bella Notte

Bella Notte

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bellalexington.com/
  • Phone: (859) 245-1789
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Toyoda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let us know about your office lunch, an off-site party or any other event that we can cater for you. Choose from our full menu or let us know if you have any special requests. No group is too small or large!
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a couple options available for private parties including an intimate room accommodating up to 23 people, and a romantic patio (heated/cooled, depending on the weather) with a fireplace and white linen covered tables, which comfortably seats up to 60 people. We offer several differently priced set menu options and we are happy to accommodate any special requests to the best of our ability. Contact our private party manager to set up your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Tiffany Blair 8592451789x
  • Entertainment: Dine with us Friday or Saturday evening & be amazed by our magician while you're enjoying your meal!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rojay
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Convenient parking is available in the front parking lot or next door at Surf's Up Grill.
A word from Bella Notte
Bella Notte means Beautiful Night in Italian. Join us at our table & let us create your beautiful dining experience! This is a place to satisfy the appetite with Italian gusto. Enjoy the season's freshest ingredients and some unique dishes that are sure to become your next favorite! Remember, in Italy food & drink don't just make it possible to live, they're a part of what makes life worth living.
Italians say, "A tavolo non s'invecchia".
(People do not get old at the table)-spend enough time at ours and you'll believe it's true!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Bella Notte reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (21)romantic (16)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (12)notable wine list (12)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Consistently good
    pedsrx
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Overall a gem consistently good food and the bread,soups and service are always excellent
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sub Par Food, limited menu, skip this one
    BiztravlerVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Was in Lexinton with a business associate, thought we would give this play a try. I travel extensively for work, and always enjoy the local food scene. This place was not very good at all, the food was cooked poorly, actually sent mine back because it was burnt. The server told us the bartender was too busy to make our drink. I would skip this place, the only thing I would say they seemed to be hosting 3 large parties--maybe that was the result of the normal diners having a bad experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Drafty Seating
    MarkLex
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We visited Bella Notte on November 13 and is was already about 30 degrees outside and we were seated in the enclosed patio area. There was heat, but it was also a bit drafty since out table was next to the doors that made up the outside wall. We could feel warm air when the heat was running but it got a bit chilly when the heat cycled off. The food and service was great and our overall experience was still good, but I ended up leaving my jacket on.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as always!
    RickM
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Bella Notte is one of our favorite spots. The menu is tempting, the food is always good, the service attentive and they accept and HONOR, reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average pasta, nice ambiance
    lgkentucky
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I only had one pasta dish and one main course so maybe I ordered the wrong thing. They were out of the Ahi tuna so substituted another fish and served it also at medium rare which, honestly I never had any fish other than tuna medium rare and it was a mistake. The fish was not as tender as tuna and I couldn't eat it. The outside was tasty though. I liked the hot bread served with spices and olive oil. The pasta was fair- I had the rigatoni with sausage (small bits of ground sausage) and cream sauce. I did not have time for dessert which could have been chocolate souffle. The service was fantastic.
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  • My number 1 go to place
    Bekahbonkers
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This was one of the first restaurants I ate at when I was first commuting to Wilmore as a Grad student and I fell in love. It has remained my #1 place to go just because and for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We dined there a few times and always had a great time. We had the same waitress for a couple of times and thought it's just her who was excellent. A different waitress serviced us last time and also did a fantastic job. Highly recommended!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but standard pasta selections
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food is good but the pasta selections are pretty standard. My dish (the special tagliatelle with veal ragout) was tasty but needed some garnish to make a prettier plate. My only real criticism is how dark all of the tables are. Unless you're under the "tree" your table is so dark that customers have to use their cell phones to read the menu. I saw many tables doing this just to see! Need votive candles at each table for extra light and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with my Wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was our first visit and we will return the food and service was outstanding and we will return when we visit Lexington again, outstanding job staff and management we plan on recommending this great restaurant to all our friends in Lexington KY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!!!!
    Dee724
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Best Itailian restaurant Ever! Wish I lived closer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Popular for a Reason
    xpatsuitcase
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is good, the prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. This restaurant is often busy due to its accessible menu and knowledgeable wait staff. I haven't eaten in any other Italian restaurants in Lexington, so I can't compare. This one is good enough to have earned my repeat business.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extrreme Disappointment!
    pickypassengerVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Extremely poor service and food preparation, even after very careful ordering, with the server acknowledging our special request for al dente pasta, which could not be done because all the pasta is already boiled. This place is not inexpensive and not half the food quality, service or consistency of Carrabba's. After I tracked down the manager and made my case for dropping a fresh batch of dried pasta in boiling water to my desired al dente consistency, first he said it couldn't be done because they were too crowded, and then he somehow found a way to do it. Of course, I was eating my side pasta way after I had finished my entree. Skip this place and find a Carrabba's.
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  • Nice place. Good food
    MikeAnd
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Was a bit concerned seeing the restaurant in front on a mall but not to worry. Food was outstanding. Had Baked Rigatoni Romano and Penne Gorgonzola. Portions were large. Maybe a but too large. No room for dessert so we settled for "caps". This restaurant is very inexpensive given the quality of the food. My only criticism is the noise level which is on the high side.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frank
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We go there often. It's always a pleasant experience....nice in every way. Also, they offer a nice variety of glutten free options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always an enjoyable experience
    Arthight
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Well-trained wait and support staff - attentive without being intrusive. Love the food and the new (to us) wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing establishment
    DateNight
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Came here for a date with my girlfriend, food and service was excellent. Has a nice atmosphere for any occasion and a great menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    charmandatmosphere
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is a good restaurant but would not call it outstanding. Food was good and reasonably priced. Souffle was very good. Probably will return but perhaps not.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Charming and friendly. Great spot for dinner after the races!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Delicious food at reasonable prices. The warm bread and olive oil with herbs for dipping is a genuine treat.
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  • Twice in a week
    Steve
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have jutted moved to Lexington and we're trying out many new restaurants before we move into our new home. We liked Bella Notte so well we have eaten there twice this week. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food and great service. I arrived around 15 minutes earlier than my reservation but was instantly seated!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service and food
    JimmyM
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Busy Saturday evening dinner. We were promptly seated when we arrive with our reservation, and noted they were super busy with people waiting to get in. Ordered a bottle of wine with dinner and food arrived very fast. Wife's dinner was great, but my steak pasta dish was a little over cooked. Server noticed it and the manager came over and offered free dessert to appease the situation. That was not necessary but we appreciated it. Would recommend and go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BNFAN
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Repeat customer. Stella card holder. Have traveled and dined extensively, enough to know that Bella Notte has a unique combination of superb food, excellent service, and ambiance/decor. Overall, an excellent value. A must visit when we have out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food - Great Service
    JenB
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Had dinner there the other night. Very nice inside… tables a little tight. Service was awesome. Great job Paige.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, respectable service.
    Miya1Luv
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Thank you, to my waitress, the manager, and the other co workers that where so helpful & attentive. Simple dining, was truly a simple pleasure. Great place to dine. The food was made to perfection, with the perfect wine paired.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service
    Elen
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Bad service , ok food... Was expecting more for the money. Nice atmosphere but, they need to train their staff
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  • Good choice
    Spicycat
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was good, value good, service was nice if a little slow. Overall a good experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun but room for improvement
    jj1313
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I think the food was good. We had a lot of fun for my birthday. My thoughts mostly is some improvement with the way the food and presentation on how family style should be served to the patrons. It could be smoother and less Kaos. Support from other waiters to help each other in serving would be most helpful, professional and expedient. The bread is fabulous! One item on the menu had too much pepper. The rest scrumptous. With a few tweets it would really be perfect. All in all, we would go back. Nothing that isn't fixable from management training.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LCSB
    LCSBVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was delicious. Preparation requests were accommodated. Server was friendly and attentive
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!!
    PickyPalate
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great low-key girl's night dinner. Our server was attentive without hovering and knowledgeable when asked for wine recommendations. Bella Notte never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 339 reviews are from the Bella Notte reviews archive.
  • Fantastic
    Jbeam
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I would highly recommend Bella Notte! The atmosphere was wonderful. Very romantic for a dinner date. We will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy Italian
    TNPrincessVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Herb mix for bread is out there of this world. Would definitely go back when I'm in Lexington.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Stevenlex
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The Title says it all. The only mistake they ever made was discontinuing 'angel hair' pasta for about six months. This was some years ago! The food, wine and ambience can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fresh and fabulous
    LexdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Terrific dinner! Sea bass was wonderful. Nice wine selection, great service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hope to Return
    xpatsuitcase
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a delightful meal, due to quality food and a waitress who steered us toward some smart ordering. We were going to order 2 appetizers, but she suggested the mixed one with fried zuccini, mozarella, and calamari. My meal was a penne arrabiata with a choice of shrimp or chicken. I was having a hard time making up my mind, so she offered it with half of each---no extra cost. It was excellent. My husband had a rigatoni with sausage that was also delicious. The berry dessert with limoncello cream was the best dessert we've had in a long time. Creamy and yet light. Highly recommend this place. The food is more inspired family cooking than gourmet. (Approx $65 for the above plus 2 glasses of wine, inc tax and tip.)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Debz
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great food. Chef is willing to please individual taste. Waitress was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Karen
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food and service excellent. Many families out on Sat. Night. We had scallops on linguine which was very good. Also asparagus grilles was just great.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent find!
    ciaobaby
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We picked this restaurant due to the convenient location and because its Italian. We hit the jackpot! Great menu, numerous choices. Food was excellent, service was outstanding! If I'm in or near Lexington again I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Bella Note - supremo!
    lexDiner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Our table for 8 was waiting. It was a hopping atmosphere, lots of energy. Our waiter was superb, catered to every need, on the spot. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little bit Italian
    Nessie
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Pity it was located on the edge of a mall...car park was full at.6.30pm. Few folk were waiting but thanks to open table we walked right in. It was very noisy with tables of 5 and 6 kids per family but a fair number of couples. Had a good sized wine list but only 4 reds from Italy...very disappointing for anyone with a good wine sense. A couple were from Argentina but most were from California...this gave me the feeling that this was not owned by an Italian....the food was good overall and would encourage us to return if in the area...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.